Arts Commons Presents
The Graces of Wilderness by Janine Bennett
Location: Lightbox Studio (Beside the Martha Cohen Theatre)
Dates: June 6 to August 9, 2016
Artist Reception: Happenings #5 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Thursday, August 11 from 6-9 pm
Arts Commons Presents welcomes Calgary artist Janine Bennett’s The Graces of Wilderness, a continuously evolving exhibition in the Lightbox Studio that begins on June 6 and examines how the ‘feminine’ manifests in nature.
With detailed graphite drawings, photographs, and the installation of found objects, The Graces of Wilderness creates a space inspired by English gardens, dreamy landscapes, and Dutch still-life vanitas.
“With a feminist lens, I wish to explore themes of female sexuality, gender roles and identity,” says Bennett. “I am intrigued by the way in which nature has been gendered throughout history, art, literature, mythology and folklore to suggest narratives of innocence, beauty, romance, seduction and wildish behaviour.”
Janine Bennett is a visual artist and flower lover. Her practice is informed by notions of girlhood and womanhood; inspired by the youthful bloom of beauty, the gendering of nature, the fragility of life and inevitability of death and decay. Janine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2013) from the Alberta College of Art and Design, having also studied at Falmouth University, England. Since completing her undergraduate degree, Janine has spent the past two years living in the United Kingdom, exploring and researching its romantic landscape and gardens. She has participated in exhibitions and residencies both in Canada and the UK. Janine is currently based in Calgary.